Saudi Arabia said on Friday it was declining its United Nations Security Council rotating seat, citing "double standards" that made it hard for the world body to end conflict and wars.
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Saudi Arabia, Chad and Nigeria were elected by the UN General Assembly on Thursday to serve a two-year term on the UN Security Council.
Chile and Lithuania also won seats on the 15-member council. There are five veto-wielding perm
The Arab League squarely blamed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Tuesday for a gas attack near Damascus and urged the UN Security Council to act, providing what diplomatic sources said was political cover for a possible US strike.
More than 50 countries asked the UN Security Council on Monday to refer the Syria crisis to the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes people for genocide and war crimes, in order to send a signal to Syrian authorities.
Russia on Monday sought to avert a swift UN Security Council vote on a Western-Arab resolution on Syria and said it wanted to study recommendations from Arab observers before discussing a plan that calls for President Bashar al-Assad to cede power
France's UN mission said the Security Council would meet behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the next steps regarding Syria, with council envoys saying the 15-nation body would likely get a new Western-Arab draft resolution.
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The UN Security Council could vote as early as next week on a Western-Arab draft resolution endorsing the Arab League's call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to transfer powers to his deputy, council diplomats said.
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Russia will offer Washington no explanation for arms deliveries to Syria and together with China will prevent the UN Security Council from approving any military intervention in the conflict-torn nation, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.&nbs
Arab states may ask the UN Security Council to adopt an Arab peace plan aimed at ending a Syrian crackdown on pro-democracy protests but they will not seek military action, the Qatari foreign minister said on Saturday.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jas